A group of Connecticut dairy farmers are paying it forward through generous donations of thousands of gallons of milk to children and needy families in the area.

“Every day of the year, we feed our young calves a nutritious meal in order to keep them healthy and growing,” dairyman Robin Chesmer said. “And now, our farmers want to help make sure that children are well fed every day of the summer, too.“

Chesmer and five other area dairy owners make up The Farmer’s Cow, a group that supplies dairy products to stores throughout Connecticut and in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The organization is giving back to children and needy families this summer, according to the Norwich Bulletin.

This year, they are donating “calf pints” of milk to the summer lunch program at the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG). They will also provide 5,000 half-gallons of milk to families through the Connecticut Food Bank. With the economy still struggling, their donation couldn’t come at a better time.

“This year, we anticipate even more participation,” Diane Farquharson, TEEG Early Childhood Coordinator, told reporters. “We are so fortunate to have The Farmer’s Cow step in such a big way. The timing couldn’t be better.”

Chesmer, the managing member of the group, points that his fellow dairy farmers and members of The Farmer’s Cow have always believed in supporting the community.

“We have enjoyed the support of our community,” Chesmer said. “We want to give back to the community to show our thanks.”

Click here to learn more about The Farmer’s Cow.